Bloggers everywhere are posting their end-of-the-year thoughts about blogging and about life in general, as well as posting their hopes and dreams for the coming year.
Why should I be any different?
After all, these are free blogging topics that are just there for the taking! And as someone who struggles mightily to come up with things to write about, I am not about to pass up a free buffet. (I’m not sure if that qualifies as a mixed metaphor or not, but I can’t be bothered with such quibbles at the moment, for I am face-deep in the trough of this free buffet of ideas.)
Like most bloggers, I have been thinking that my blog is due for a makeover. It is the equivalent of thinking I need to send my blog to the gym to start tightening things up a bit and get it more toned.
Don’t get me wrong. I like my blog as it is. (Frozen, insincere smiles goes here.)
But there is no denying that it is sort of a hodgepodge of random thoughts and ideas. Is it a journal blog? A fiction blog? A blog about blogging? A photo blog? A bloggy blog?
And that’s just it. I don’t know.
I post anything and everything on here, chasing the elusive reader. We all chase the elusive reader. Readers are like the unicorns of the writing world. We only have the most ephemeral evidence that they exist, but like a doe-eyed nine-year-old girl, we believe in them implicitly and spend our every waking moment wishing for one of our own.
But attracting readers takes more than unicorn dreams. It takes a plan. It takes work. It takes dedication.
That is why, every year at this time, we all contemplate sending our blogs to the equivalent of blogging boot camp.
“Out with the old! In with the new!“, is our battle cry.
We all think about deleting everything on our blogs and starting over with a clean slate.
But we look at all of the posts we’ve written and our eyes tear up at the thought of getting rid of them. It would be like euthanizing puppies to delete our beloved blog posts!
And so, instead of sending our blogs off to the gym to be toned and tightened and strengthened, we have to just sit down among the rubbish of our blogs and realize that, far from being potential Peloton models, we are just hoarders.